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Antibiotics
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Responsible use of antibiotics

Animal health companies and organizations are working collaboratively with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics in animals that produce food. Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health concern and the animal health community shares that concern.

Antibiotics explained: resistance vs. residue

Antibiotic “resistance” refers to bacteria that evolve to the point they are not easily killed by antibiotics. This is different from antibiotic “residue.” Antibiotic “residue” refers to molecules that remain in meat from animals that have been treated with antibiotics. There are multiple systems in place to ensure meat is safe and does not include antibiotic residues, including mandatory antibiotic withdrawal periods in animals and routine testing of meat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food companies.

Antibiotics help keep food safe

Responsible use of animal antibiotics benefits all of us by making food safer and more affordable. Antibiotics make food safer by helping keep animals healthy, and studies show this reduces bacteria entering the food supply.

Antibiotics help keep food affordable

Keeping animals healthy allows farmers to produce food more effectively, which has the added benefit of making food more affordable while using fewer natural resources. It’s important to better understand the impacts of all uses of antibiotics on resistance so effective strategies can be developed to protect public health, food safety and animal well-being.